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Marcellino D'Ambrosio, Ph.D.
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Evangelizing Our Kids

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What does Scripture say to parents about evangelizing their children? At what age of the child should parents begin? One day, the Pharisees tested Jesus with an important question – of all 613 of the Bible’s laws, which is most important?  The Lord quickly shot back a response: “you shall love the Lord your God […]

Mary Biever
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Six Opportunities for Young Adults in a Tough Economy

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Our tough economy does have opportunities for young people just graduating or seeking that first real job. How do I know? I was twenty-something during the last bad economy. My friends and I struggled to find our way, sometimes to find ANY job, let alone THE job for which we had trained or hoped to […]

Marybeth Hicks
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One More Reason the Out Years are Too Late

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Here’s a fact that was not lost on my teenage daughter: The infamous debt-ceiling deal doesn’t actually reduce much of our debt until she finishes high school, graduates from college, and has potentially purchased a minivan and a pair of mom jeans. Did I mention she’s just about to start ninth grade? “Wait,” my daughter […]

Louie Verrecchio
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The High Cost of Capitulation

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Most reasonable people would agree that tossing a set of car keys to a drunkard is irresponsible even if the inebriated party manages to slur out a solemn pledge to drive carefully. That’s just common sense, right? So, what should we call a willingness to place the nation’s healthcare system in the hands of the […]

Heidi Hess Saxton
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Summer Solace

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It happens every year:  after weeks and weeks of summer break, there are times when I just can’t take one more minute of family “togetherness.”  The bickering.  The teasing.  The incessant need to be entertained.  Sometimes I let the kids out of the car at the bottom of the 500-foot driveway and make them run […]

Marge Fenelon
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Wiping the Slate Clean

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The other day, I wiped the slate clean. Literally. In our prayer corner, we have a gray slate shingle that once belonged to the roof of the original Schoenstatt Marian shrine, the founding place of the International Schoenstatt Movement in Schoenstatt, Germany, by Father Joseph Kentenich in 1914. Some years back, local movement members salvaged […]

Marybeth Hicks
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Role Model Opposites: Snooki and Kirk Cousins

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Among last week’s troubling headlines: ” ‘Jersey Shore’ scores most-watched season premiere ever: Opener drew 8.8 million total viewers.” Apparently, last Thursday night, overcome with news of our economic woes, millions of us sank into the sofa to escape to Italy with Snooki, the Situation, D.J. Paulie D and the rest of the gang from […]

Marcellino D'Ambrosio, Ph.D.
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The Canaanite Woman

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The apostles thought she was a nuisance and asked Jesus to get rid of her.  Jesus had gone to the region of Tyre and Sidon, modern-day Lebanon, and a local woman approached him for a favor.  This was pagan country, home turf of the infamous Jezebel.  The inhabitants of these parts were fondly referred to […]

Louie Verrecchio
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The Liturgical Impact of Homosexuality in the Priesthood

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As debate surrounding the recently published John Jay Report (Causes and Context of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Catholic Priests in the United States, 1950-2010) continues, more and more Catholics are coming to the unavoidable conclusion (contrary to “official findings”) that the overwhelming majority of abuse cases were directly related to homosexuality. One may further […]

Russell Shaw
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Questions Raised by Mormons’ Candidacy

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As America gears up for another presidential election season, do we really have to agonize yet again over whether being a Mormon disqualifies a person for the presidency? Since the answer apparently is yes, at least let’s try to get some use from the discussion by understanding what’s really at stake. With two Mormon ex-governors […]

Colleen Carroll Campbell
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The Power of a Father’s Presence

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For fatherhood in America, these are the best of times and the worst of times. So says a new Pew Research Center report on fathering trends. The report, released in June, found that today’s fathers are active in their children’s daily lives to a degree not seen in nearly half a century. Live-in dads now […]

Marybeth Hicks
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College Students Need Help to Keep their Faith

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When my daughter was researching prospective colleges and universities a few years ago, she claimed for a time that her No. 1 choice was a world-famous Jesuit university in the East. A friend, revealing a touch of cradle Catholic cynicism, joked, “I thought you were looking at Catholic schools.” Ba dum ching. Or maybe you […]

Jake Frost
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In Praise of the Unknown Engineers

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Who can name the geniuses who have wrought our modern world?  The scientists and engineers whose imagination, sweat and determination created the artifacts of material culture we use and rely upon each day?  I’m not talking Thomas Edison, Henry Ford or the Wright brothers.  Everyone already knows about light-bulbs and cars and airplanes.  But how […]

Ebeth Weidner
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For All? Or For Many?

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Recently, I went back to work part-time at a fabric store as the Education Coordinator in charge of the classes, schedules, teaching the sewing and quilting classes, and seeing to various other educational needs of the store. The other day, while talking with a couple of ladies about the seasonal fabrics at the store and especially the […]

Colleen Carroll Campbell
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The Real Population Bomb

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In 1968, Stanford biologist Paul R. Erlich opened his bestselling book, “The Population Bomb,” with this declaration: “The battle to feed all of humanity is over. In the 1970s and 1980s hundreds of millions of people will starve to death in spite of any crash programs embarked upon now. At this late date nothing can […]

Fr. Frank Pavone
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Driving Carhart Out

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On Saturday night, July 30, I was privileged to deliver the keynote address at the kick-off rally of the “Summer of Mercy 2.0.” (Click here to listen to the talk) This nine-day event in Germantown, MD focuses on stopping the child-killing business of LeRoy Carhart, late-term abortionist. He does abortions through the second and into […]

Marge Fenelon
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Gaining Solomon’s Gift for our Children

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What if our children could be given the gift that Solomon received? During his audience with those gathered at the papal summer residence in Castel Gondolfo recently, Pope Benedict XVI spoke in reference first Mass reading of Sunday July 24, which described Solomon’s request to God for a “docile heart” so that he would know […]

Cheryl Dickow
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What is God Collecting from You?

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What you put in the collection basket says a lot about you and where you are at in your journey. Some of us put in our 10% tithing without a second thought. Some of us put in the few “extra” dollars we may have. Some of us struggle with the need to “give” to the […]

Marybeth Hicks
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Only in California? Don’t Bet on It

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I recently heard the first radio ad of the season for school supplies, so it won’t be long before the bell rings and America’s children file back into the classroom for another year. Perfect timing for a pop quiz. Everyone grab a No. 2 lead pencil and join in. Question 1: At the end of […]

Daniel Pipes
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Another Islamist Soldier Turns Terrorist in Texas

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U.S. Army Private First Class Nasser Jason Abdo, 21, first made the news last August when, arguing that his Islamic faith contradicts serving in the American military, he filed for conscientious objector (C.O.) status. Referring to current American wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Abdo asserted that a Muslim “is not allowed to participate in an […]

Jake Frost
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Now is the Time

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My brother John has a great photo from the birth of his first child.  It’s a picture of his daughter’s unbelievably tiny baby-hand gripping his finger.  His daughter’s whole hand, so perfectly formed and so amazingly small, can only just wrap around John’s bony knuckle.  You just can’t conceive how they were ever that little.  […]

Marcellino D'Ambrosio, Ph.D.
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Miracle of the Loaves

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Only one miracle of Jesus is recorded in all four gospels — the multiplication of the loaves and fishes. I once heard a homilist give what he said was the real meaning of the story: the people in the crowd took out food they were hiding under their cloaks and shared it.  Jesus’ preaching inspired […]

Colleen Carroll Campbell
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Terri’s Fight Continues

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The death of Terri Schindler Schiavo in 2005 is a distant memory for most Americans. But for the family that spent seven years fighting Terri’s estranged husband and the court system to stop the starvation of their daughter and sister, recollections of the 13 days Terri lingered without food or water before finally succumbing to […]

Ebeth Weidner
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The Purpose of Life in Three Little Words

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How many times have you heard someone ask the question: “What am I supposed to be doing with my life?” “Why am I here?” Too many to count, right? It seems too, that it is not a simple answer they want, but a large, extravagantly specific answer. They want answers directly from the source; definitive […]

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